Ponytails Ride High On New Women’s Bike Helmets

Specialized Andorra Helmet - Hairport

Ponytail is the universal language of hair management for women who wear bicycle helmets. It’s the go-to solution to keep tresses streamlined and out of the way, whether on the open road or in a city bike lane. A thoughtful new helmet feature from Specialized, the cleverly named Hairport, gives ponytails their due.

In a nod to women-specific needs, the Hairport opens a more generous space than is found on typical bicycle helmets between the shell and the adjustable plastic strap that controls the fit of the helmet on the crown of the head. I wore the 2013 Specialized Andorra (my humble ponytail above!) on a group ride around the Central Park Loop last week presented by Specialized Women.

The ponytail rides high, which looks great from the side, and, for women with longer locks, keeps hair off the neck for a cooler ride. The fixed, wide ear loops with a single strap adjustment are a plus.

Find the Hairport on the models below. The feature will be rolled out to additional women’s helmets beginning in summer of 2013, according to Specialized.

Specialized Trail Helmet
Specialized Andorra mountain helmet with integrated visor, black/pink (shown) and white/teal, $75
Specialized Bicycle Helmet
Specialized Aspire road helmet, red (shown), charcoal/purple, white, $65
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